Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 21st April 2019

Madarao Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning and it is the last Sunday of the season for Madarao Kogen.

And the day is starting rather similarly to how yesterday did with blue skies and some cloud.

And there is still a lot of sunshine lined up on the forecast too.

That's about it really. Decent late season conditions and good weather. It should be a good day.

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Tree runs open at Madarao: Kamoshika, Ninja, Powder Wave 2, Sawa

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao Kogen

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Thursday 31st March.
Tangram Ski Circus plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Morning from Zao and while there's a fair bit of cloud around early on, it feels like it's starting to get clearer.

Tomorrow and Tuesday are forecast to be clear and sunny with temperatures getting a little higher, getting close to double digits by around the middle of the week. Should be getting colder after that, and it looks like there might even be the chance of some fluffy snow. Or possible not so fluffy snow! We'll have to wait and see.

Today is the last day of operations for a handful of lifts at Zao Onsen, though many continuing on of course - some hopefully into May. Info as below.

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Information as of Sunday 27th March 2016 (subject to change)

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 80cm
Chuo: 100cm
Paradise: 90cm
Uwanodai: 40cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

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Planned closing dates of lifts at Zao Onsen (subject to change due to snow conditions)

Open until today:
Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB lift
Onsen Number 4 quad lift
Ryuzan pair lift
Nakamori Number 2 pair lift
Diamond Number 1 pair lift

Open until Thursday 31st March:
Nakamori Number 1 triple lift
Diamond Number 1 lift
Omori quad lift
Yokokura Number 2 pair lift
Astraea Number 1 pair lift
Astraea Number 2 pair lift
Astraea Number 3 pair lift

Open until Sunday 3rd April:
Onsen Number 1 pair lift
Onsen Number 2 quad lift
Shobunuma Number 2 pair lift

Open until Sunday 10th April:
Mikaeri pair lift
Yokokura Number 1 pair AB lift

Open until Sunday 17th April:
Kurohime Number 1 quad lift

Open until Thursday 5th May:
Chuo Number 1 pair lift AB
Chuo Number 2 pair lift AB (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Katakai triple lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Paradise pair AB lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Utopia Number 2 pair lift

The Zao Ropeway, Sky Cable gondola and Chuo Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from specific maintenance periods)

Lifts not mentioned in the above list have already closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Yesterday was a very fine day weather wise. Some cloud appearing as the day progressed but generally it remained sunny with lots of blue sky. A good spring day.

It's keeping quite chilly in the mornings with a good frost. That'll quickly go as things warm up in the sunshine though. A high of around 8 or 9 degrees is forecast for today down at base.

This morning once again we have lots of blue sky and just a bit of scattered cloud. (Some reports have a bit of rain due sometime, though there's no sign of that just now).

It is a good morning for the big hot air balloon that is going up (from the Number 2 car park) at Hakuba 47. It's ever so colourful and probably full of hot air as well. If you have a 1 day lift ticket, you can get 50% off the normal price. So that would be 1250 yen with the 50% off. It's only from 7:30am until 9am and so this report is actually probably a bit late for that this time (sorry), but they will be doing it once again on Sunday 3rd April and also on Sunday 10th April. I wonder why it's only until 9am?

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:25am on Sunday 27th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open.
The Tree Riding Zone is closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 180cm
Base: 65cm

Hakuba Goryu:
All courses open apart from Snow Diving, Adventure, Cosmo River, Sunny Way and Straight Whisky.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 232cm
Toomi: 90cm
Iimori: 45cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The lower Nakiyama, Shirakaba North, Central Course, Kokusai, Sakka, Olympic Course II and Kita One areas are closed.
The Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South lower courses remain open to get back down to base.
All of upper mountain courses remain all open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 155cm
Nakiyama: 40cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Courses open - Ikenota, Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1, Itadaira and Ipponmatsu.
Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 1, Mt Hieda 3 open as 'self-responsibility area'.
Official snow depth:
Top: 155cm
Base: 63cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Champion and Kane-no-naru-oka areas limited due to insufficient snow. Other areas all open.
The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 206cm
Maruyama: 45cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 20cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Just the 5 line and Gondola lifts remain open.
Open courses: by1, Sunny and Paradise (part), East, South, Gezan (part)
Official snow depth:
Upper: 100cm
Lower: 20cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Open courses: Hakunori Family, Wakaguri Central, Rabbit, Wakaguri Rinkan and Satomi Chuo.
Official snow depth:
50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Sanosaka has now closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from here in Niseko.

There is no new snow to report this morning, rather mostly blue skies and warmer conditions.

It's fairly calm here at base right now though stronger winds are forecast for later in the day today. Hopefully not enough to affect lift operations.

Mt Yotei is looking rather lovely with not a cloud around. Hopefully that will help for the ongoing searches for the person who got caught up in an avalanche on the mountain yesterday from what I hear. Apparently a group of people were snowboarding on the north eastern slope of the mountain when the avalanche occurred. I very much hope that story ends well.

There is a chance of a dusting tonight perhaps but generally over the coming week gradually warmer temperatures are expected.

Spring may bring with it finer weather conditions but with the warmer conditions and thawing starting, new dangers arise. Take care out there especially if you are venturing out backcountry.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 838m: -2.1℃, W1.2m/s. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 310cm. Hirafu peak ridge 1250m: -4℃, no snowfall nor snowdrifts. Benkei cape: SSE3m/s, Kamui cape: S13m/s, 1014hPa, 1.5m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is flat and the sky is clear. The temperature is high from the morning and thaw will speed up during the day. The surface is hard in the morning but will soften up during the day. Beware of cornice falls and full depth avalanches.

A person got buried in an avalanche in NE slope of Mt. Yotei yesterday, we hope he’s rescued safely.

All gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instruction before stepping out of the gates. Avoid gullies when touring up to 1300-1500m slopes to seek fresh snow. The snow conditions and avalanche hazards vary from aspects and elevations. Surface slab slides can happen anywhere anytime when the conditions aligns. Slabs of wind affected snowdrifts are dangerous anytime. Always be prudent and make conservative judgments. Back country skiing/snowboarding involves many risks and consequences can easily be seriously big.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 27th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 130cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open until Thursday 5th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April, and then from 29th April until 5th May.
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May.

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Night time floodlit skiing ('nighta') has now finished for the season.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Clear for the most part and sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Hello and good morning from Nozawa.

The sun is out, and it's blue skies all around. Temperatures here at base at 0C when I got up and set to gradually rise to around 7C by later on.

More sun is forecast for tomorrow too and over the next few days we can probably expect temperatures to rise a bit. I wouldn't expect any snow, certainly not in lower areas anyway...

I was just reminded, it's Easter Sunday isn't it? Easter isn't something that is observed here in Japan of course, but if anyone has any chocolate eggs they want to give to me I'll be up on the Yamabiko runs around lunchtime! ;)

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Official info at time of writing on Sunday 27th March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 170cm
Uenotaira: 95cm
Hikage: 40cm
Nagasaka: 10cm
Karasawa: -

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm

The following courses remain open:

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Kogenashi
Uenotaira
Paradise
Bunabayashi
Yunomine A
Yunomine B
Rinkan
Utopia
Challenge
Hikage
Nagasaka
Isemiya
Kitsune
Nagasaka connecting
Mukoubayashi connecting

The following lifts plan to be rested today:

Kandahar pair
Hikage Number 2 pair A line
Nagasaka Four
Nagasaka Gondola connecting pair
Karasawa pair

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Light blue skies and some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 55cm
Morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday it remained sunny for lots of the day; more cloud appearing in the afternoon and it was actually quite chilly higher up.

This morning there's some cloud around against a backdrop of light blue skies, and the sun is out. As we approach 9am it's 4 degrees and a high of around 10 degrees is expected later this afternoon... and perhaps a few spots of rain.

Today is the last day of the season for a number of resorts in the area including Ishiuchi Maruyama and Yuzawa Nakazato. NASPA Ski Garden is going to try to continue on for another week with just one lift and one course remaining open.

Details as we have them included below and we'll check and update that every day from now on.

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I was looking at some photos from last season. On this day last year, there was still close to an incredible 2 metres of snow piled up in my back garden. It's bone dry today, and there hasn't been any trace of snow there for over a week. It just goes to show the huge contrast between last season - when some resorts were actually extending their seasons - and this season.

Hopefully next season we'll get back to like last year; even an 'average' season will be good. Average for this region still means metres of snow piled up at the side of roads in town.

Kagura resort plans to be open through until late May... just how long they can continue with the snow this season will be interesting to see.

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Resort official snow depths (Sunday 27th March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

There are now patches of ground on view showing on lower slopes around town - though covered up temporarily yesterday with fresh snow! Some more than others. The snow situation means that some courses/areas at resorts are now closed. If you are planning on visiting, I recommended that you check with the individual resorts for their up-to-date details. You can find their websites from the links below. Note that snow cover is not a problem higher up so there's still a lot of skiing and boarding left.

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa
Plans to be part open until Sunday 8th May
140cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Today is the last day of the season for Ishiuchi Maruyama
80cm

Iwappara
Plans to be part open daily until Sunday 3rd April
55cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Plans to be part open daily until Sunday 3rd April
80cm

Kagura
Plans to be open until 29th May (via Mitsumata; until 8th May via Tashiro)
160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
Plans to be part open until Sunday 24th April
105-125cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Just the upper Okusoeji area remains open now.
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April and then 9th/10th April
110cm (Okusoeji)

Naeba
Plans to be part open until Sunday 3rd April
100cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Plans to be part open until Sunday 3rd April (just one lift and one course from tomorrow)
55cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Plans to be part open until Sunday 3rd April
100cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Today is the last day of the season for Yuzawa Nakazato
45cm

Yuzawa Park
40cm

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
It's blue skies and sun this morning at Grandeco. There was no recorded snow last night, but the base still holds at a solid 2 meters.

With no new snow in the forecast for the coming week (and as we get into April, new snow of course being less likely) today might be a good time to enjoy what's left.

The wind is next to none today and temperatures are expected to warm up throughout the course of the morning.

All the courses are groomed packed snow, which should warm up to spring conditions before noon.

The Junior Olympic Mogul Team is competing today on the Lavender 28 course and its free to view. The event starts at 9:30am with the qualifying round and finals for Women's starting at 1:55pm. This is the 15th Annual National Mogul event and the first time it has been held in Fukushima Prefecture.

The Snow Park team is finishing off the new 50m spring session halfpipe, flat table top and skate style obstacle park. This is scheduled to open on the 1st of April. The main beginner and intermediate park area is still open and freshly groomed.

Roads up to Deco this morning are fairly clear, but please come prepared.

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Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open except [H] Center 33 and Lavender 28

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco

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Ski resorts around Mt. Bandai are announcing their planned closing dates:

Alts Bandai / Urabandai ski resorts - until today.

After 27th, resorts that remain open in the region will be Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa.

Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21st and 26th-28 Apr but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- but whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected. We'll just have to see how things develop over the coming weeks.

The following resorts are now closed:

Listel Ski Fantasia
Numajiri
Inawashiro resort
Inawashiro
Minero    Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

More fine weather this morning.

It's not too warm even with the spring sun and a bit of a breeze keeping things feeling quite chilly. Still looks like there may be the chance of a bit of snow tonight.

Beyond that, mostly clearer skies again in the coming week.

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas (subject to change):

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Hasuike
The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Bunadaira
The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Bunadaira quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed on 22nd and 23rd March).

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 11th April until 28th April).
The triple lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only in March).

Nishitateyama
The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Thursday 31st March.

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed Tuesdays).

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Ichinose Yamanokami
The Ichinose Yamanokami plans to be open until late March, depending on snow conditions.

Yakebitaiyama
Currently details are unconfirmed.

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 24th April.
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April; and then on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th April and from 29th April until 8th May.

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 5th May.
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Not the nicest of days weather wise.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Well yesterday got pretty warm at points and unfortunately the predicted snow never really turned up. Despite this however conditions on piste are still pretty decent.

For spring today is actually fairly good ski conditions. Not too much slush and not too much ice.

Tody again is expected to get fairly warm and unfortunately rain may be on the way. Currently it's kind of semi rain semi snow out there.

For the rest of the week were expecting to see a chance of rain amongst the sunshine through Wednesday where is a chance of a bit more snow.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 27th March 2016, 11:30am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Happy Easter from Appi.

It’s another beautiful day here at Appi Kogen. Sunny skies, light winds and a temperature of zero outside my door. It should remain like this for most of the day with clouds rolling in later this evening.

The forecast calls for cloudy skies at least until Thursday and temperatures in the zero zone. No snowfall is anticipated though.

It’s the last day to use the Sailer Gondola and second Quad lift. Tomorrow they’ll be closed for the rest of the season so today would be an ideal day to get out and have some fun.

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Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- T Bar
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer Quad
- Vista quad

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6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen   Read more ...
 

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